Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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When you return home, take the toy away so that your dog associates it only with the times when you are gone.
You can also try crate training your dog in addition to counterconditioning in order to stop its howling. In any case, do not punish your dog because of separation anxiety.[9] Instead of making your dog stop howling, this will only increase its anxiety. Spend quality time with your dog.[13] Dogs need lots of attention from their humans, especially if they have to be left alone for extended periods.
This version of How to Stop Howling Dogs was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on August 24, 2015. Many dogs howl because of separation anxiety, others due to an environmental trigger, such as a siren or thunder.

You can also try slowly lengthening the amount of time your dog needs to be silent before you give it a treat. Making time to play with your dog may also help reduce its separation anxiety and howling behavior. Many dogs will howl in response to external stimuli, like sirens, other dogs, or thunder.[15][16] Pay attention when your dog howls to see if the behavior follows a specific trigger. If the occasional brief howl does not pose a problem, you may just want to let your dog be. For example, if your dog howls at the sound of your dryer, try to keep it calm while the dryer is on for only a minute, and offer it a treat. Try to keep your dog calm when the trigger is present, and offer it a treat if it does not howl.

If your dog howls when waiting for something, ignore it until it is quiet for at least five seconds.
The most basic technique, counterconditioning, involves getting your dog to associate good things with separation.[7] For dogs with moderate separation anxiety, this may be enough to end the howling behavior. Do this consistently, and your dog may come to associate the trigger with getting a reward instead of needing to howl.

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